United moved to 65 points and five points clear of fourth-placed Liverpool with the victory.
This season, there is no Europa League safety net, but Manchester United doesn't have the same worries about Champions League qualification. United won 2-1 in a closely fought encounter.
With Jose Mourinho believed to be keen to splash the cash in the coming transfer window, the latest reports suggest that he wants to lure a £70 million rated Brazilian to Manchester United and make him one of the club's highest paid stars. He was purposeful at Sevilla and injected the much-needed urgency in the United attack at Crystal Palace last week.
"In the second half we did well but the first half of course was not really good so it's frustrating in the end, because you ask yourself why we didn't play as good (as we did in the) second half after the game", he told his club's website. This has been far from a boring season; there have been plenty of good games, interesting cup ties and clean sheets.
That record was brought up as Mourinho went after the Dutchman, having been irked by the former Palace manager saying it was "pity" for Rashford to be playing under the United boss given his preference for short-term success over player development. This has, in all likelihood, helped Rashford to understand that the margin of error is very slim which was on display in his performance against Liverpool.
There was nail-biting finish at the Westfallenstadion as Michy Batshuayi scored the winning goal in Borussia Dortmund's 3-2 win in the dying moments of their match against Eintracht Frankfurt who appeared to have secured a point when they grabbed an equaliser in the 91st minute. Defeat will nearly certainly mean their cross-town rivals clinch the title that day, so maybe the end will justify the means for fans, who have no desire to watch their rivals celebrate the title on derby day.
Mourinho's continued criticism of the Old Trafford atmosphere has been effective.
"We need to take the confidence from this game into future games".
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Not for the first time, the inability to play with soft hands and turn good balls into singles had hurt the talented 21-year-old. Bowler Pooja Vastrakar, along with wicket-keeper batswoman Sushma Verma, put a 76-run partnership for the eighth wicket.
Rashford's double - on his first Premier League start since Boxing Day - proved decisive, as Liverpool couldn't add to the Bailly own goal as they slipped to a first defeat in eight games in all competitions.
With Lukaku dropping deep to collect David De Gea's long passes, it was Rashford who would race into the space his Belgian teammate created.
So there it was, struggling Marcus Rashford came back into form like a hurricane.
It has also been said - rightly - that atmosphere is lacking at Old Trafford, but that was not the case on Saturday.
The last time United made it into the knockout stage, Sir Alex Ferguson was the manager. A ideal example of this is in the Liverpool game.
Klopp's Liverpool have scored 68 league goals so far this term, while Manchester United have registered ten fewer goals. It was about time.
When it was confirmed that Paul Pogba was ruled out through injury, United fans perhaps feared the lack of creativity in their midfield.
"Pogba's had illness, he's having his most hard time since he joined Manchester United".